Food La La: Yelp’s ‘Girls Night Out’

Oct. 25, 2013 | 1 Comment

The author, left, with Yelp Hawaii marketing manager Emi Hart and Avy Chan. (Courtesy Lindsey Muraoka)

The author, left, with Yelp Hawaii marketing manager Emi Hart, middle, and Avy Chan. (Courtesy Lindsey Muraoka)

BY LINDSEY MURAOKA / Special to the Star-Advertiser

On Monday, Oct. 21, I attended the Yelp Hawaii’s “Girls Night Out” at McCully Shopping Center, a benefit for the Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies of Hawaii Organization. Nearly a dozen local restaurants and businesses participated by passing out samples of signature dishes and providing free beauty services. This event was part of “Yelp Helps 2013,” a series of volunteer projects and events that benefit various charities in Hawaii throughout the month of October.

We were free to wander around and check out the merchants in any particular order so my friends and I stopped at Neco Bar, which serves a variety of Japanese izakaya-style dishes. They gave out samples of their featured happy hour dishes (served from 5 to 9 p.m. daily), as well as a refreshing white wine sangria. Samples included fried tako, fried chicken, ume jelly fish and tako wasabi (crunchy and flavorful!), all $4 during happy hour. Neco Bar also offers karaoke after 10 p.m..




Next we stopped by Hot Pot Heaven to try their spicy Thai broth (my favorite!) and mushroom broth. I loved the addicting spicy and tangy flavor of the Thai broth so much that my friend and I actually went back later to have an entire pot of it to ourselves.


hot pot


The Waxing Co. offered free brow threading during the event (regular price is $20). They offer a variety of waxing and brow services as well as eyelash extensions.



The Face Shop gave out samples of their popular face masks and lotions! I think more than 80 percent of the makeup products that I use are from The Face Shop because they are affordable and the quality is very good for the price.


Taco Bell passed out samples of their chicken quesadilla and drinks.


Pho 777 served samples of their crispy spring rolls and iced tea.


The mini malasadas from Maui Kitchen were light and fluffy!


Regal Diner gave out a variety of doughnut samples.



We ended the night with a sample of shave ice from Snow Factory!


Yelp will host a “Halloween Good Karma Ball” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Bishop Museum to benefit Aloha United Way. The event is free, but there is a suggested donation of $10. Check out their website for more information and to sign up.
Lindsey Muraoka blogs about food and drink for the Pulse. Contact her on Twitter or via email at

  • rarnedsoum

    As usual, good job Lindsey!